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Toulouse: Carcassonne Day Trip

1. Toulouse: Carcassonne Day Trip

If you're staying in Toulouse and want to discover the Cité de Carcassonne, the Comtal Castle, the Saint Nazaire Basilica and more historical highlights, this is the perfect day tour for you. Located 1 hour from Toulouse, Carcassonne is one of the 25 great sites of Midi-Pyrénées. In Cathar country and at the heart of the fortified city, you can discover the Château of the Counts of Carcassonne and the Remparts, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will departure from Toulouse at 9:30AM (check-in is at 9:15AM), with a planned arrival in Carcassonne at 10:30AM.  Following your day of discovery, you will depart from Carcassonne at 4:30PM, with a planned return to Toulouse at 5:30PM.

Cité de Carcassonne: Private Guided Group Tour

2. Cité de Carcassonne: Private Guided Group Tour

Come along on this tour and learn all about the history of this fascinating city.  Enter through the main entrance, known as Porte Narbonnaise, to the medieval city. Learn about the fortifications built by the Romans. Cross the main street, Rue Cross Mayrevieille to the castle. Discover the museum inside the castle and develop a better understanding of the Trencavel family that defended the Cathars during the Albigensian Crusade.  Walk along the top of the wall, crossing both medieval and Roman towers as you head towards the church. Hear an explanation (in English, French or Italian) about the architecture of the Gothic church and see the beautiful stained glass windows, built between the 13th and 16th centuries. Walk through the streets of the ancient religious quarter and learn about the inquisition in Carcassonne and Toulouse.

From Avignon: Half-Day Van Gogh & Carrières de Lumières Tour

3. From Avignon: Half-Day Van Gogh & Carrières de Lumières Tour

Follow in the tracks of Vincent van Gogh in Provence on this 5-hour tour. Begin in Arles, a city that fascinated the artist. Then, set off to discover the city through the history of the artist during this fascinating city tour. First, visit the monumental “Carrières de Lumières” which hosts extraordinary multimedia shows, unique in the world with Dali and Gaudi. Finish with St Paul de Mausole, the famous psychiatric hospital, where Van Gogh spent 1 very creative year.

Carcassonne: Private Walking Tour with Cité de Carcassonne

4. Carcassonne: Private Walking Tour with Cité de Carcassonne

The walled city of Carcassonne in Languedoc is world renowned as a spectacular fortified medieval city. But this rocky spur has been occupied since the 6th-Century BC, first as a Gallic settlement and later as a fortified Roman city. The Visigoths seized the city in the 5th-Century, and were followed by the Saracens, who remained in control for a mere 30 years before the Francs expelled them. Restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th-Century, the city fortress was consecrated in 1997 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while the former military enclosure of the lower town’s "La Bastide Saint-Louis" is listed as a conservation area. Take a 2-hour private walking tour, personalized to your own schedule and rhythm, visiting the sights you would like to visit. Explore medieval architecture and discover the rich culture that has inspired poets and writers, including William Faulkner. The city is divided into 2 parts; the town and the famous Cité de Carcassonne. Typically we pay more attention to the Cité, but if you would like to visit the town the tour can be customized to suit. Discover the castle and ramparts at the heart of the medieval city; explore the Cathedral and the Basilica of Saint Nazaire; and visit la porte Narbonnaise, which was the principal entrance to the Cité. A dream like destination with a romantic ambience, the tour is tailor-made to enchant you.

Walls That Talk: A Guide to Carcassonne’s Ancient Basilica

5. Walls That Talk: A Guide to Carcassonne’s Ancient Basilica

If you thought ancient churches were just boring old buildings, this walking tour will surprise you. And, depending on how much you know about Christianity, it might positively shock you. On this self-guided tour of the Basilica of Saints Nazairius and Celsus, you’ll discover the truth behind the development of Western Christianity, and learn how one faction imposed its own version of orthodoxy on people by forcibly converting them and exterminating rival sects. Our tour starts outside the spectacular must-see basilica known as Basilique Saint Nazaire et Saint Celse, located in the ancient Cité de Carcassonne. I’ll guide you around the church’s interior and you’ll find out how it was re-categorised from cathedral to basilica, and learn the difference between the two. Along the way, you’ll have a chance to: • Uncover the mystery of what really happened to Joan of Arc • Share a moment with a painting of a "Veronica" • Learn why, for centuries, it was not possible to be baptised in a church • Hear about the death, burial and exhumation of Simon de Montfort here • Admire some of the oldest and most beautiful stained glass and rose windows in Southern France, as well as a depiction of The Tree of Jesse • Learn how to identify statues of Catholic Saints and Martyrs • Understand the differences between Romanesque and Gothic architecture, and learn to identify Southern French Gothic style • Ponder the origin of early Christianities, and the evolution of their doctrines • Find out what happened during the Crusade against the Cathars, why there is a memorial here to a known Cathar sympathiser, and how Cathar beliefs influenced medieval Catholicism • Learn about the Occitan culture in this area, before it became French • Appreciate spectacular architecture, while adding some exotic architectural terms to your vocabulary • Understand why Pope Urban II came here in 1096, when he blessed the stones of the Romanesque cathedral • Search for the owls sitting on the branches of the Tree of Life in the Chapel of the Holy Cross On this 120-minute tour of Cité de Carcassonne’s basilica, I’ll share the secrets hidden in the cracks of this ancient building, which echo far beyond its walls. This is decidedly not the Sunday School version of history. By the end of our walk, I hope you’ll feel enlightened by tis entertaining yet academically rigorous telling of the Christian doctrine’s fascinating history.

Aix-en-Provence: Arles & Camargue National Park Private Tour

6. Aix-en-Provence: Arles & Camargue National Park Private Tour

Walking tour of the Roman city of Arles dated during the Roman empire, you can discover the roman coliseum as well as the amphitherater (you may take some time to visite those sites) Cathedral St Trophime, a roman architecture jewel Walk on the footsteps of Van Gogh where I will show you the main spot where he painted some famous paint such as Cafe Vn Gogh Discover the Region of Camargue where you can visit the ornithological park housing with hundreds of flamingos living freely This is the region for bulls and white horses. I will make sure to find them for you! You can enjoy a horseback ride on the beach thought the marsh of Camargue Visit the quaint town of Saintes Marie de la Mer with free time for lunch

Toulouse to Carcassonne & Albi: Private Sightseeing Tour

7. Toulouse to Carcassonne & Albi: Private Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the best of the Carcassonne region. After getting picked up from your hotel in Toulouse, enjoy a scenic 45-minute drive to the medieval fortified city of Carcassone. Here, stroll around the city's cobblestone streets and centuries-old buildings. Learn more about its history, and how the city was once a stronghold of the Cathars. You will have 2 hours of free time in Carcassonne, during which you can visit the museum where you will be transported to an era of Crusaders, Pilgrims, and Templar knights. Afterward, continue to Lastours. Here, enjoy a walk to the Belvedere Montfermier, where you can admire panoramic views of the surrounding area and its many castles. Finish your tour in Albi, aka the Red City. Here, pay a visit to the imposing Saint-Cécile Cathedral and the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, where you can admire works by local painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel in Toulouse.

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What people are saying about Languedoc-Roussillon

Take the virtual history tour~10-15 min, but very informative. About 5 euros. There is no walking tour or tour guide for the castle. Some things are in English, but there is much only in French. A translator app for those signs will help tremendously. The inquisition museum(s) are pretty good. You must realize that along with the incredible views there was also a lot of death and torture here. History buffs will really enjoy it.

Gwen was a wonderful guide. She was able to keep me engaged in the history of Carcassonne, including the history of the areas and how they related to Carcassonne. I would love to hire her for future tours!

My wonderful tour. And go up and down the towers, get ready to go around the castle. A beautiful city. And good stores. I bought beautiful towels. It is worth it. There are several places to have lunch.

It was a very pleasant visit to Carcasonne, I definitely recommend it. The tour leaves on time, and the meeting place is very convenient to those close to the center of Toulouse

Nathalie spent 2 hours with me 1:1, guiding me through the Château de Carcassonne, the museum, ramparts and various places of interest. Fluent in English. Highly recommend.